Personal Consultation with Carole Dean

Carole Dean, author of The Art of Film Funding and President of From the Heart Productions Inc, has over 30 year’s experience mentoring independent filmmakers to help them get their films funded.

She has helped her fiscally sponsored filmmakers raise over $30 million for their documentaries, features, and short films.

She will review and analyze your materials – your proposal, trailer, pitch, etc. – and work with you to create a successful plan for funding your film.


While Carole Gurantee an Oscar, She Will Help You Plan How to Get Your Film Completed

While Carole Can’t Guarantee an Oscar, She Will Help You Plan How to Get Your Film Completed

“Each year, I review and consult on over 1,000 films and trailers.  They come from those seeking the Roy W. Dean Film Grant to get the funds to jump-start or finish their film to filmmakers who we fiscally sponsor seeking investors and donors.

“What I’ve learned is that creating a film is not just about a having a great story, or being a great talent, IT’S ABOUT GETTING THE MONEY TO MAKE IT.

“I know how to put you on the right track to get your film financed”

Carole Dean



“Carole is the best! No exaggeration! She has been guiding me over the last three years beginning when she became my fiscal sponsor, through her class and now, as the 2014 Fall Dean Grant winner. Carole is a font of information, but most of all helps to cut through the haze of being in the midst of a doc. She gives great direction and is my biggest fan! I’m always smiling after our phone conversations.”

Stephanie Howard – Roy W. Dean Grant Winner

“I had the privilege of having a 1 on 1 strategy session with Carole and it was amazing!!! She reviewed my sponsored page with me and gave me some much appreciated advice. I was able to connect with someone that has agreed to help me move forward with my film!!! Thank you Carole…thank you Mrs. Dean…thank you From The Heart Productions!!! I sincerely appreciate all you’ve done for me and my film project! God bless you abundantly! I hope to be a funder on your platform soon! Thank you!”

Cleautrice Smith – Filmmaker

How Carole Can Help You

After you book an appointment, you will send your materials.  She will read your proposal/treatment, watch your trailer or stills, and create constructive ideas to help you immediately.

You will begin to create an outline of what you want to achieve over the next 3 months.  She will discuss your goals and set up action lists for your success.  You can focus on:

  • Perfecting your pitch so investors/donors want to financially
  • Creating a trailer that will show investors/donors your talents and entice them to join you
  • For feature filmmakers, creating a pitch package
  • For documentary filmmakers creating a great proposal
  • Crowdfunding your film
  • Making an ask for money
  • Finding the audience for your film marketing to them
  • Creating a distribution plan


You can talk over the phone OR SKYPE at a time that works for both of you.


$95 for 45 minute consultation for fiscally sponsored filmmakers.

$145 for 45 minute consultation for all others.

All fees are tax deductible

How to Book

  1. Email Carole at to let her know you are interested in making an appointment for your consultation.  She will work with you to schedule the best time for both of you.
  1. Send Carole your full package on your feature or doc along with your short term goals. Send a list of things you’d like to work on. Email them to  Or you can mail, Fedex, or send via UPS to:

From the Heart Productions Inc

1013 Harbor Blvd., #53

Oxnard, CA 93035


  1. Finally, pay for the consultation by clicking on the link below

For Fiscally Sponsored Filmmakers



For All Other Filmmakers

All fees are tax deductible

Consultation Package Special

Purchase 3 consultations for $345.  That is a savings of $90 over purchasing separately.  If you are interested in purchasing, please email



I met Carole Dean with nothing more than my notes, my passion and my profound desire to do my first documentary. I remember she encouraged me and guided me through every single step in order to accomplish my project. Every time someone asks me how are you doing this? I always respond: It is not just me I have a wonderful Angel who is by my side at all times, guiding me, supporting me and pushing me no matter what happens she is always helping me to keep my focus on things that really matter. I’m so grateful I found her and now we are working together, like she said: ” is all about the journey”. Carole has a tremendous wisdom, faith in you and persistence to keep you going. Be prepared because she will take you on a wonderful journey. -Natalia Berry, filmmaker

I found Carole’ to truly be the guardian angel for my film. Her knowledge has been the difference in getting this film made. By changing areas in the script from her suggestions has made all the difference to the clarity and flow of the story. – D’Nell Bingham

If you are looking for someone who will guide you through the experience of filmmaking she is the right choice. She has been as excited about the process and I have been and taking an interest in my goals and dreams for my life and helping them to come true.-Karen McCann